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REAR DISK BRAKE CONVERSION KITS

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 76k5Blazer, Jan 1, 2003.

  1. 76k5Blazer

    76k5Blazer 1/2 ton status

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  2. Seventy4Blazer

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    nice find, but im not so sure on the prices.
    100 bones for a set of non e-brake calipers. thats like 100% mark up.
    i think i will stick with a-tron.
    Grant
     
  3. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    I sure hope that comes with a jar of vaseline and a reach around...

    Rene
     
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    Pricey, I bought blue prints and with limited access to a laser I think I can have the whole conversion done for around 50 bucks... Got to be resourceful and creative...
     
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    blue prints? were they actual prints or cad drawings? where'd ya pick em up at? Could they be cut slightly oversized on a plasma table then turned down to spec?
     
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    Have you looked at the engineering? These are not your typical 3/8" plates with spacers... still too expensive though /forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif
     
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    They sure are proud of their stuff! /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif
     
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    I'd be more inclined if that price were for a kit that used 1-ton discs and calipers /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif
     
  9. Kyle89K5

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    That's the kit I'm running. Sure, it was a little bit pricey (more now than when I bought it), but it's a NICE kit. At the time, it was the only one available. I got mine through ORD with the stainless lines.

    No doubt their price is high, but I do feel comfortable with it and the guys there are the salt of the earth. They will talk hotrods ALL DAY LONG /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

    KP
     
  10. misfit

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    i almost bought a tsm kit one time......they make a quality, complete kit.
    however their are too many other cheaper ways to go these days. /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif
     
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    If you look at stock trucks that have disc disc setups, you will notice the rear is always much smaller, because of the weight shift when you brake 80% of the stopping power is needed in the front, that is why even with 1/2ton front brake in the rear, you need to reduce the pressure of the fluid to the back to prevent lockup.
    You want the least weiht with the best performance, so the smaller you get the better.
    The drums can be as effective as the discs they are being replaced with, but the are boat anchors and mud tends to stick in them so that is why people switch to discs. Plus changing pads is much faster and easier then shoes.
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    They are both a cad drawing and a full size template. It has gotten very hard to find anybody to turn those gargantuan drums if they every need it. All things considered I think it is actually cheaper to convert to discs than to try and fix the old drum set up.
     
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    I'm building a set for my 14FF....I have $55.00 in it so far...But I did build my own brackets.

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    Man that looks nice Tony. Everything so shiney and clean looking. Now ya just gotta get the rest of that 14 to look the same /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
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    wow im suprised so many people knock products cause they can get similar ones cheaper elsewhere. i've heard good things about tsm. how about all you fab guys go ahead and make a bracket for the 14bolt sf axle. then sell it to me for 55 dollars please. /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

    craig
     
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    The product is nice...but the price isn't. That's pretty simple actually. I don't pay $11 for a quart of milk either, and it has nothing to do with the quality of the milk or container.

    TSM makes a nice product that costs too much...and there are quite a few alternatives that do the exact same thing for much less money. A-tron (45acp), DERBINATOR, Misfit all sell the kit for $100 or less and the rest of the parts can be sourced at any parts store for less than half the cost of TSM's 'options'.

    Rene
     
  17. Sparky87k5

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    I bought a kit from them 2 years ago and including shipping, complete kit of calipers, rotors, brackets and lines was $676. First quality parts, and easy to install with no problems ever. Just bought a rear disc brake kit from a noted Bronco supply house for my son's 68 F**D Bronco and paid almost $600 for it. Seems like market price if you want one stop shopping. Not everyone has the time nor are willing to put the correct parts together. From past experience, I have found it's sometimes easier to buy a proven kit then trying to "re-invent the wheeel". To each his own.
     
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    Kumma, I can do it for 55 cause I work cheap, but tell you what, get me the dim. for your 14sf(hole to hole and size, axle tube dia. the bracket has to go over) and I'll cut you a set for $55.99....
     
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    well said. im simply trying to do what theyre doing but with less money involved.
    i have more disc brake brackets for sale if anyones interested. PM Me
     
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    just checked out the echobit ones, there $55.00 /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     

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